Process for Applying US Passport

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Process for Applying First Time Adult US Passport:

American Passport is a travel document issued only to the citizens of United States of America by the Department of State U.S., US Passport confirms the Identity & nationality of the holder and facilitates the holder for International travel. U.S Department of State is issuing Biometric Passports since August 2007. Citizens of US who reside in United States & overseas can apply Passport by following these simple steps

Step 1: Eligibility

Step 2: Application Form & Filling the Application Form

Step 3: Required Documents

Step 4: Passport size Photos & Photo requirements

Step 5: Passport Fees & Mode of Payment

Step 6: Check List for Lodging the Application Form

Step 7: Lodging the Application Form

Step 8: Tracking Your Application Form

Step 9: Collecting your Passport

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Step 1- Eligibility:

  • Applicant must be a US Citizen
  • Applicant’s age must be 16 years or above
  • Applicant must have a valid Identification Proof

Note: Applicants who are applying for US Passport, first they must check their eligibility for applying Passport.

Step 2- Application Form:

US Citizens can get the Passport Application form in 2 ways

  • Applicant can apply online by visiting the official website
  • Applicant can download the application form by visiting the official website

For applying online click here: (http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/212239.pdf)

To download the application form click here: (http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/212239.pdf)

Note:

All the Applicants who are applying for US Passport for the first time, they have to submit the Application form in person

Process for Filling the Application Form online:

Step 1: Visit the Official Passport website

Step 2: Check your eligibility

Step 3: After confirming the eligibility, fill the complete application form with correct details & take the print of the filled application form

Step 4: Attach 1 most recent Photo

Step 5: Attach the required documents

Step 6: Pay the prescribed fees (fees can be paid by Credit card/Debit card/Certified Cheque/Money order)

Step 7: Lodge you application form personally at your nearest Passport Agency

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Process for Filling the Application Form normally:

Step 1: Visit a nearest Passport office

Step 2: Take an Application form (DS-11)

Step 3: Fill the complete application form with correct details

Step 4: Attach 1 most recent photo

Step 5: Attach the required documents

Step 6: Pay the prescribed fees (fees can be paid by Credit card/Debit card/Certified Cheque/Money order)

Step 7: Lodge you application form personally at your nearest Passport Office

Step 3- Required Documents:

Citizens of US who are applying for Passport must submit the following Certificates

  • Completely filled DS-11Passport Application form
  • Proof of US Citizenship (Original)
  • Present Identification Proof
  • 1 Photo (Most recent one)

Note: Applicants who are applying for Passport can show the following certificates for proof of US Citizenship

  • Certified U.S Birth Certificate
  • Citizenship certificate
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Consular Report of Birth/Birth Certificate

Note:

  • All the above required documents to be submitted with the Passport application form must be original (Photocopies will not be accepted)

Note: Applicants who are applying for Passport can show the following certificates for Identification Proof

  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Citizenship certificate
  • Valid Driving License
  • Current Military ID
  • Employee ID Card (for Govt Employees)

For more details on Documents required click here: (https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/first-time.html#step3)

Step 4-Passport size Photos & Photo requirements:

Applicants Photo is more important for security reasons & if the applicant’s photo does not reach the requirements prescribed by the US Passport office, application may not be forwarded. Applicants who are applying Passport they must submit 1 photo which meets the following requirements.

  • Photos 2 X 2 size (51mm X 51 mm)
  • Photo must be less than six months old
  • Photos should be with good quality & colour gloss prints
  • Photos should be clear, sharp & in focus

To know more details on Photo specifications click here: (https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/photos/photos.html)

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Step 5- Passport Fees & Mode of Payment:

Passport Fees:

  • Passport Book & Card – $140 + $25
  • Passport Book – $110 + $25

Passport fees can be paid by Credit card or Debit Card or Certified cheque or Money order or Cash

To know more details on Passport fees click here: (https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/information/fees.html)

Step 6- Check List for Lodging the Application Form:

  • Completely filled DS-11 Passport application form
  • Original documents required for applying passport
  • 1 most recent photo
  • Photo copy of Identification proof
  • Passport fees receipt

Step 7- Lodging the Application Form:

Applicants after completing all the above formalities, Passport application form must be submitted personally at their nearest passport Agency or at nearest Passport acceptance Facility.

Note: All type of First time applicants must submit their Passport application form in person

For more details on lodging your Passport application form click here: (https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/information/where-to-apply.html)

To know the address of the nearest Passport Acceptance Facility click here: (https://iafdb.travel.state.gov/)

Step 8- Tracking your Application Form:

Applicants after the successful submission of their Passport application forms, they can use this facility after 7-10 working days.

With the applicant’s Last name, Date of Birth & Social Security number, applicant can use this facility to track the status of the Passport application form

To track your application Status click here: (https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/information/application-status.html)

Step 9- Collecting your Passport:

After the successful submission of your passport application form along with photo & required documents you will get your Passport approximately within 6 weeks (Including Passport mailing time)

To know more details click here: (https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/information/processing-times.html)

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